The Ranger Campus Foundation – A Netherlands-based training non-profit providing law enforcement training to protected areas – has been working together with Wildlife Works Carbon, and the Kenya Wildlife Service improving law enforcement operations in the Kasigau corridor between Tsavo east and west.
The training has been focusing on the integration of unarmed community scouts and armed KWS rangers into integrated patrols, capable of pursuit operations.
The Wildlife Works community scouts have excellent fieldcraft skills and are great trackers, and regularly demonstrate the will to pursue any illegal entry – armed or unarmed – in the park. The KWS is called in when the criminals appear to be armed, and they respond regularly together to high risk situations. In these type of incidents, working together seamlessly between organizations requires thorough and specific training.
October 2016 – March 2017
The Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor project protects 500,000 acres of dryland forest in southeastern Kenya that form a crucial corridor between two National Parks, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The Kasigua Corridor is home to many endangered and poached animals, like the African elephant, lion, cheetah, wild dogs, and Grevy’s zebra.
The project started with an intensive 4-week operational training needs analysis, observing current operations and talking to rangers, scouts, teamleaders and managers. From that we designed a bespoke training and mentoring package, which we implemented by developing and coaching Wildlife Works junior and senior leaders as trainers and cascading down the training.
Main components of this program are:
- Approaching and exploiting wildlife crime scene from an intelligence perspective
- Emergency procedures – including tactical field care –
- Tactical Pursuit operations – including team integration training
- Command and control
- Law enforcement data collection and analysis.